Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Small closet + wallpaper = transformation

I absolutely love wallcoverings and think that they are especially fab in small areas or "lifeless spaces." This weekend (during Superbowl) I transformed my son's small closet from drab to well, a tad more masculine and stylish. It's always neatly organized (well, at least while he's two and I still have control over it) but it certainly needed a little attention.


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I'm a firm believer in designing small spaces and not keeping them white. Small is small...white paint is not tricking me into thinking something is larger, whereas a well designed or styled space is what I remember...not the lack of square footage. What do you do with small spaces to give them style?

34 comments:

Debby said...

I want to wallpaper my closet big time... I just don't want to do it myself... hee hee. Looks wonderful. xo

The enchanted home said...

You aren't kidding, that IS quite a transforamtion..love the choice of the navy, so rich and masculine. Great reminder that even closets can get a transformation with wallpaper and at least when the closet door is opened, it looks beautiful. Nice work!

The Zhush said...

Each time you wallpaper a closet, it makes me hate the insides of our plain ugly closets that much more!:) Another amazing job Ms. Hamptontoes!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

You really are the master with wallpaper. Another great transformation. It always suprises me how people often forget the closet when they paint or decorate a room. I hate a stark white closet!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

If I ever finish decorating the large spaces in my home I'd love to tackle the small spaces. It's finishing touches like this that I always notice in showhouses.

Cara said...

looks fab darling!

Style Attic said...

Big things come in small closets! What a fun way to clothe the closet :) I have been known to paint and hang random art in closets! LOVE THAT ROOM XO Kelly

La Dolfina said...

This is wonderful Lisa!
I have the same philosophy and have wallpapered or painted most every closet in my home!
You've inspired me to do a post on it now.
It's such a surprise and definitely a wow factor.
Your son's closet is so jaunty now :)
Have a wonderful day my friend
XO

Stacey said...

Lovely transformation and i love that you gave it a masculine flair(i know your son, although he's 2 appreciates that:-))

Kerry said...

Love the closet. I've never gotten around to dressing my own. I'd like to tackle the coat closet first because guests are more likely to see it.

Erica said...

Amazing... makes his already spectacular room just that much better! xo

Party Resources said...

Wow! Talk about an upgrade - looks great! xx

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

I love the stripes! It really makes a huge diffence in the space.

pretty pink tulips said...

Lisa, it really makes it seem deeper! Love the look....how that you've tied it into the room and every time you open the door to pull out those little boy jeans, I know you're smiling!

Just darling, my friend!!!!
xo Elizabeth

About Last Weekend said...

Love the stripes. Think any area with background wallpaper looks so much larger, cleaner and more interesting!

Natalie said...

I totally agree! I love wallcoverings especially in small places. I have been trying to get my husband to wallpaper our bathroom for months now. Love the stripes!

quintessence said...

Love wallpaper in a closet!! In our old house, I wallpapered inside the coat closets and can't tell you how many guests noticed and commented. It's a great touch!

The Buzz said...

OK Lisa - you're setting the bar pretty high when it comes to closets... and molding... and fireplaces... Love what you did!
xxoo

Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair said...

Oh goodness you are definitely speaking my language - i'm painting the study navy and everyone keeps saying i'm mad as its going to be dark! However i know its going to look fabulous!

Love the stripy backgrounds!
Rachie xo

designchic said...

Wow...this looks amazing!! What a transformation~

pve design said...

I wonder what the inside of your medicine cabinet looks like?
Fantastic, such a handsome closet for your little man. Looks like the inside of a jewelry box!
pve

classic • casual • home said...

Darling closet. Wait until he is a teenager though. You will want to keep the doors closed :)
Mary Ann

pve design said...

sorry, just had to come back to admire....and of course, no napping here either with a heavy schedule, music lessons, dance, sports....to keep us all on our respective toes....Mrs.Hamptontoes!
pve

Stitchfork said...

That looks stellar! And I am in awe of the orderly state of the closet too. Off to close ALL my closet doors....
xo Cathy

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

Great! this definitely added some great depth and punch of color.
Fun project :)

have a great Tuesday
xo
Edyta
http://edytaandco.blogspot.com/

Lili said...

lol, his closet is neater than mine. i ought to be ashamed of myself :((

The Devoted Classicist said...

I have a William IV chifferobe with its original chintz lining, a small scale, stylized floral print. Either a fabric or paper lining gives a finished appearance.

red ticking said...

dear lisa...

this is a wonderful idea... makes it so much fun.
yes we will meet this summer! cant wait!
would love to learn wake boarding... xx

Jules said...

love it! you did a fantastic job and i'm totally with you on the white paint theory...white does nothing for a space, especially a tiny one! xoxo - julie

Danielle said...

There is just something so charming about opening a closet door to a lovely splash of color or gorgeous pattern of wallpaper. It's like a wonderful little secret to those who share the closet. Fabulous redo! At some point I will check off paint closet bright green, but I have so many projects and so little time.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what a wonderful transformation! It looks great. Love the stripes and the color.

Splenderosa said...

Do not know how you find time to work on something like this, and I love it. Even if the doors are open, and they are open a lot with small children, the closet is interesting & bright. It's all in the details, isn't it?

Kathysue said...

Lisa, I love your sons room and now his closet too!!! I am a lover of navy and I am using it as one of the accent colors in the playroom. It is working well for the boy look for the room and then I can add pink for my girl look!!! Your son's closet is perfectly handsome!! KS

Teacup Moments said...

how could I just be discovering you now? i love this project and your blog!